Crochet, Free pattern, Nederlands

Faded Fantasy Temperature Blanket 2020 Finished!

2020 has come and gone, and I am sure that some of you will be very happy that it has gone. It was a strange year in which we all faced a pandemic unlike anything humanity has faced in over 100 years. In 2020 I made my Faded Fantasy Temperature Blanket using pretty shades of pink Scheepjes Metropolis yarn. I finished my blanket and my hustband and I took it for a photoshoot.

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Finished Blanket

As I now come to the end of the year, I can reflect on what the weather has been like this past year in my part of the world. What I particularly noticed is that 2020 was yet again a HOT year, similar to 2019 and 2018. There was not a single ice day in 2020. An ice day is a day in which the maximum temperature stays below freezing. Unfortunately I did not get to use my lowest temperature color, it has been left unused in my project box. The highest temperature color on the other hand has been used way more than I expected. We had a serious heat wave in the summer, and you can see the dark purple stripes clearly marking those insanely hot days. In this photo, the bottom left corner corresponds to January 1st, and the top right corner corresponds to December 31st.

My husband and I were walking through a small wooded area near our house to take pretty pictures of the blanket. Today we have temperatures just a few degrees above freezing, but with a serious wind-chill factor, my fingers were really cold as I was taking these pictures! Those hot summer days seem like an eternity ago! The sheep in the pen between the trees didn’t seem to mind a bit, they have such a tick coat.

My blanket is going to go in the car. My youngest son has been nagging me for some time now that he wants a cozy blanket for in the back of the car when we drive long distances. This blanket is perfect for the car, because it’s remarkably light weight, folds up small and compact, and is a perfect nice lap size. Don’t want a HUGE bulky blanket on the back seat that just gest in the way all the time, like the other favorite blanket my youngest like to get under all the time. I am off course referring to my Bavarian Buster Blanket. My youngest uses it every day when he watches TV, or just hangs on the couch.

Yarn amounts

Now that my blanket is finished I can tell you how much yarn I used. This is off course for MY blanket, yours will be different because you will have a different temperature distribution, but it does give you a ballpark idea of how much yarn you will use. I used the following yarn amounts of Scheepjes Metropolis in the Precious Pink colorway:

  • 0 x Scheepjes Metropolis 24 : Cota
  • 1 x Scheepjes Metropolis 61 : Tokyo
  • 1 x Scheepjes Metropolis 52 : Bogota
  • 2 x Scheepjes Metropolis 60 : Jaipur
  • 3 x Scheepjes Metropolis 51: Marrakech
  • 5 x Scheepjes Metropolis 54: Lima
  • 2 x Scheepjes Metropolis 55: Johannesburg
  • 1 x Scheepjes Metropolis 60 : Santiago

Scheepjes Metropolis yarn is available from Wool Warehouse (Ships International), Black Sheep Wools (UK/Int), Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU) and many other Scheepjes Stockists.

About Faded Fantasy Temperature Blanket

You can still make a aded Fantasy Temperature blanket in any fade you love. The idea behind my Faded Fantasy Temperature Blanket is to choose a color you love, and then make a fade in that color using 8 shades from light to dark. I have selected 3 fades that I think you might like in shades of pink, blue, and green, but you can also make your own fade. I have named my 3 colorways Precious Pink Fade, Bubbly Blue Fade, and Graceful Green fade. Find all the info on yarn amounts, the free pattern in Dutch and English, and the colorways HERE.


Temperature project for 2021

Also in 2021 I will be making a temperature project, this time a knitted scarf. My African Sunset Temperature Scarf is my first serious knitting design, and includes a full video tutorial. The swatch below gives you an impression of what I am aiming for.

If you would like to join me and make any one of my temperature project for 2021, I would really enjoy seeing your progress through the year. Use the hashtag #itsallinanutshell on Instagram to help me find it, share your work in my It’s all in a Nutshell Crochet Nuts group on Facebook or tag me in one of your posts. I will keep you undated on how my scarf is progressing through the year.

With love,
Esther

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